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2024 Oscar Nominations Snubs and Surprises

The 2024 Oscar nominations have sure made waves.

The nominations were announced January 23 by Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid in a livestream event. While the expected frontrunners like “Oppenheimer,” “Barbie,” “Poor Things,” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” received their fair share of nominations, there were still a slew of surprises (and snubs!) that left cinephiles scratching their heads.

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Most notably was “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig being completely ignored in the Best Director category. While only three female directors have ever won the title, Gerwig’s history-making blockbuster film was expected to receive a Best Director nomination. Instead, Gerwig and partner Noah Baumbach received a Best Adapted Screenplay nod, as well as Best Picture.

“Anatomy of a Fall” writer-director Justine Triet is the sole female filmmaker recognized in the Best Director category this year — also a surprise.

In the acting categories, there seemed to be a slight twist of musical chairs. Sterling K. Brown received a nomination for his role in “American Fiction,” while Charles Melton’s award-winning turn in “May December” was snubbed in the Best Supporting Actor category. Meanwhile, “Barbie” actress America Ferrera was a surprise, while “Ferrari” star Penelope Cruz didn’t make it in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Check out which films didn’t quite get their due.

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